- Anne-Marie Mougeot
What To Expect at Your First Osteopathy Appointment
𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁? The way I conduct my initial appointment has shifted a bit since the pandemic. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, initial appointments are essentially done in two parts. Part 1 is a virtual appointment, with the second part done in-person.
Here’s what to expect:
1️⃣ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 💻. We’ll have a conversation where you get to 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺, how your symptoms began, and how it has impacted your life. We’ll review your 📁 health/ medical history and may perform a visual assessment of motion tests, if appropriate.
This information will help me to start to piece together 🧩 the root cause of your pain or discomfort and to start to develop a treatment plan based on your goals. 2️⃣ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻-𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. Here, we will conduct an assessment including movement tests 🔎, and hands-on assessment of tissue tension followed by a treatment 💆🏽♂️. As an osteopathic practitioner, I am trained in a wide range of techniques and we have many tools in our toolbox of methods 💕🧰. These include: • 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗼𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 (light touch techniques on the skull, jaw and face) • Gentle 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
• 𝗠𝘆𝗼𝗳𝗮𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 (soft touch techniques that often lead to a feeling of “melting” tension release & relaxation) • 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 where you contract, relax, or breathe along as we gain range of motion • 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 (on the abdomen, chest, or pelvic area that can help with things like digestive discomfort) • 𝗣𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 (only done externally and may involve balancing with breathing or contract/relax exercises) 𝘈𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘣𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵. We’ll discuss what I find and I’ll answer any questions you may have. Together, we’ll come up with a treatment plan of how often to follow up and exercises or pain-management strategies for you to do on your own. Interested in trying osteopathy? I'd love to hear from you!
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